Lewis Flanagan has said sorry for the words that got him removed from Big Brother 2018.
Lewis was ejected from the house a week last Friday with “immediate effect.”
A spokesperson for Big Brother said at the time: “Lewis has been removed from the Big Brother House for unacceptable language that contravenes the rules. Lewis has left the House with immediate effect.”
While Big Brother did not reveal exactly what happened, Lewis himself has spoken out to reveal what was said.
He told The Sun newspaper: “I was talking to Cameron about getting him some outfits and I said the word ‘Auschwitz’ instead of outfits by mistake. It was a slip of the tongue and and then I tried to mock Hitler and did an impression of him saying ‘Kill the Jews’.
“It was an impression not a statement of my beliefs at all – and has come out completely wrong and I’m devastated. I am not anti-Semitic, I am agnostic. I love all people.”
He added to the tabloid: “I just want people to know the truth and know I didn’t mean anything by what I said. I’m not a bad person. I want to clear the air and wipe the slate clean.
“If I have offended anyone, I am truly sorry. But I want them to know it was never my intention to upset anyone with what was a stupid impression.”
In a post on Instagram, Lewis went on to tell his followers: “It was a slip of the tongue, it cost me. If anyone wants to change their perspective over me over one comment then you do that. you’re free to. If you want to forget about the good in me and look for that one comment, that one slip of the tongue then that’s fine. You’re entitled to take me, to f**king whatever…
“At the end of the day, since I’ve come out, all I’ve wanted to do is just to say what I said. Channel 5 didn’t want to release it. I respect their decision. Channel 5 have my best interests at heart. ”
“When I got removed, the producers were devastated,” Lewis continued. “They’ watched me everyday so we become really close. They’ve been amazing, the aftercare team has been brilliant. They’ve made it really easy. There was a couple of moments when I was lost and drinking loads of red wine and trying to escape because in my mind, I’ve wanted to address the situation.
“Us as humans we make mistakes. All we can do is just identify the mistake, apologise for it and try not let it happen again.”
Lewis had been the favourite to win the series before his removal left six housemates in the running.
Cameron Cole is now the current tip to triumph, when the last ever series comes to an end tonight.
Big Brother airs at 10PM on Channel 5 this evening.